Since moving this past Tuesday, F and I have been doing a lot of exploring in our new neighborhood, Saint-Jean. For one, although we lost Parc Albert Bertrand, we gained another one just a walk down the street and around the corner. This unnamed park is a bit on the small end. It has a short path lined with some benches at different intervals and it overlooks the Rhone river (F likes to describe the park and our view from our apartment in this way although the view of the river is mostly obscured by the foliage.). The amount of green in this park is lovely, being that we’re already well into October and the fall. I hope it lasts well into November! Yesterday the sky was clear enough to see the Mont Blanc (finally):

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The pictures above show you the view as you zoom out from the Mont Blanc. In the last photo, the panoramic, you’ll see a cat to the left on the paved path (or a tiny dark spot on the path since I don’t know how to make it so that you can zoom into the picture – oops). I’ve noticed a trend of little old ladies walking their dogs and cats on a leash. This one happened to be roaming freely at the time we took the photo.

In just a span of two blocks we have two small grocery stores, a pharmacy, a corner coffee shop, a large shopping mall, and a public library – and that’s not even the half of it. The neighborhood is teeming with Portuguese and others of different ethnic backgrounds; street art and graffiti line most buildings’ walls; kids play soccer in large groups at the local school. I like it!